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Pure Storage unveils new data protection solution built for flash and cloud

All-flash data storage solutions provider Pure Storage has launched a new data protection platform called ObjectEngine. Built specifically for flash and cloud, the new platform will enable faster recovery and data centricity for modern enterprises.

Data protection has become crucial for enterprises in the era of digital transformation where every business is migrating to cloud. Traditional approaches to data protection don’t work for modern enterprises that have adopted cloud.

Also, the legacy backup solutions are around ten times slower at the time of restoring data. And enterprises today want to access and restore all the data in real-time. As per an industry research, 57% of enterprises will change their existing data protection solution within next two years.

Pure Storage’s ObjectEngine is a modern data protection solution that will address contemporary data protection challenges for enterprises, restore data on-demand, and enable its applications in cloud.

In September 2018, Pure Storage had acquired StorReduce, a cloud-first software-defined storage solution to manage large scale unstructured data. The company said that it has built ObjectEngine on cloud-native technologies of StorReduce.

This makes ObjectEngine a unified solution for cloud and on-premises and provides seamless and rapid backup and recovery across both.

“For too long, backup and protection has been an insurance policy rather than a strategic asset. In today’s ultra-competitive environment, organizations need every advantage possible to ensure they get the most value out of their data. That means fast recovery to ensure data is back in production use as quickly as possible — modern organizations simply cannot afford to wait days or weeks,” said Matt Burr, General Manager for FlashBlade, Pure Storage.

“ObjectEngine offers an evolved, cloud-centric approach to business continuity that can help forward-looking customers do more with their data.”

Also read: Dell EMC helps enterprises tame explosive growth of unstructured data with new Isilon and ClarityNow solutions

The new solution will be available in two configurations—ObjectEngine//A and ObjectEngine//Cloud.

The ObjectEngine//A will offer 25 terabyte/hr (TB/hr) backup performance and 15 TB/hr restore performance. The company claims that it can reduce storage and bandwidth costs by up to 97%.

On the other hand, ObjectEngine//Cloud is a secure and enterprise-ready platform that will enable openness, integration and data portability. It will come with a single namespace for data across hybrid cloud. This configuration can scale to provide over 100 TB/hr performance.

Pure Storage ObjectEngine is expected to be available in first half of 2019.

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Baffle to provide its data protection solution for AWS Lambda

Leading data protection solutions provider Baffle is expanding its capabilities to serverless computing. The company said it will now offer first-to-market data-centric protection for Amazon’s AWS Lambda.

Baffle’s Advanced Data Protection service starts data encryption right from the time of production and do so throughout the entire process. This helps in protecting data at all times. Last year, CRN recognized Baffle as an emerging vendor in the security category.

AWS Lambda is a serverless computing service that allows users to run code for virtually any kind of application and backend service. It doesn’t need users to provision or manage any servers. They get billed only for the compute time and aren’t charged when the code is not running. AWS Lambda is an ideal service for applications that don’t need any compute infrastructure provisioning.

As per a report by Cloud Foundry Foundation, nearly 46% of companies are using and evaluating serverless computing in 2018, which is a 10% increase from its last survey. This shows that serverless computing is growing, and it is the future of computing.

Baffle is aiming to secure serverless computing for enterprises by providing its data protection services for AWS Lambda. The company said that its solution is flexible that allows customers to lift and shift to cloud while protecting their sensitive information.

Also read: Serverless is the next evolution of a microservice architecture: New Stack Serverless Survey

“Serverless and ephemeral computing is taking the enterprise by storm,” said Ameesh Divatia, CEO and co-founder, Baffle.

“Developers simply want to write code and not have to worry about back-end server provisioning and security requirements. Baffle’s data-centric security gives customers the confidence to run code anywhere without dedicated hardware and utilize the latest Amazon AWS innovations to scale their businesses. Legacy encryption and hardware-based approaches cannot provide this peace of mind to enterprises, and today’s announcement is Baffle’s latest milestone in advancing the security of this new infrastructure.”

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Acronis integrates its anti-malware solution PE Analyzer into Google’s VirusTotal

Backup software and data protection solutions provider— Acronis, is teaming up with VirusTotal, a Google subsidiary that provides service for detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and other malicious content in files and URLs.

As a part of the partnership, Acronis will integrate its machine learning-based malware detection engine called Acronis PE Analyzer into VirusTotal platform.

Execution of malware is rapidly increasing year over year and causing threat to Windows operating systems. As per the leading cybersecurity firm Comodo, over 400 million unique malwares were detected in the top-level domains (TLDs) in the second quarter of 2018 alone. AV-TEST registered nearly 400,000 new malware samples a day, which included trojans, backdoors, ransomware, and cryptojackers.

Acronis PE Analyzer aims to address these threats. It is an effective anti-malware solution that uses machine learning models for detecting any Window PE malware.

The company mentioned that its machine learning model is based on a Gradient Boosting Decision Tree that is integrated with a number of neural network models. This creates a file portrait of the threats on the basis of several static characteristics.

This machine learning model can operate independently without an internet connection, while providing high detection rate.

“Given how quickly data threats are evolving, the nature of data protection is fundamentally changing. Solutions must prevent the malicious attacks that target backups to be effective, which is why Acronis has invested in developing our proactive defensive technologies,” said Oleg Melnikov, Acronis Technology Officer.

“Our mission is to protect all data, however, and incorporating our ML-based engine into VirusTotal is the best way to ensure the entire security industry can benefit from Acronis PE Analyzer’s detection capabilities.”

Also read: Acronis doubles investment in Arizona for AI and blockchain projects

Acronis has built the PE Analyzer as a part of its new cyber protection suite which will be released in 2019. Before launching Acronis PE Analyzer, the company will make several improvements to the solution. These improvements will made on the basis of insights gained by its VirusTotal use.

Last month, Acronis had launched the version 7.8 of its Data Cloud Platform with around 80 new features and advancements.

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Recap Rootconf 2018 – a look at the current and future security trends of IT infrastructure and DevOps

HasGeek hosted 400+ developers, architects, managers and security experts at Rootconf 2018, which concluded on 10-11 May 2018.

The two-day conference, held at NIMHANS Convention Centre, had over 35 sessions consisting of talks, Birds Of Feather (BOF) sessions and hallway conversations around IT infrastructure and security.

Open source developer from Bangladesh, A. S. M. Shamim Reza, and network engineer from Bhutan Telecom, Alisha Gurung, spoke about security protocols and how to secure systems better. Former VSNL engineer, Derick Thomas, elaborated on the importance of network security for startups and the need for better data protection at the network layer level.

Chief evangelist from Percona, Colin Charles, talked about database security at the enterprise level, followed by a captivating session on enterprise security by Pukhraj Singh. Pukhraj explained the geopolitics of cyberspace and how this impacts the choice of security tools for companies and nation-states.

Rachna Khaira, journalist at The Tribune, delivered the closing talk on the ground realities of Aadhaar, the problems with the infrastructure of public service delivery.

Day 2 at Rootconf 2018 featured talks on monitoring, scaling, metrics aggregation, load balancing and site reliability problems that bog all IT organizations. Companies such as Intuit, Exotel, Helpshift, DigitalOcean, E2E Networks and others shared their learnings.

Videos of all talks from the conference are published here:

Day 1: https://hasgeek.tv/rootconf/2018-day-1 
Day 2: https://hasgeek.tv/rootconf/2018-day-2

Photos from the event are available here.

Day 1: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hasgeek/sets/72157669030939178

Day 2: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hasgeek/sets/72157696880401345

For more information visit: https://rootconf.in/ 

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Hitachi Vantara rolls out new AI operations software and flash storage systems to modernize datacenters

Hitachi Vantara, a business entity of Hitachi, added a number of new services to its data infrastructure and intelligent operations portfolios, aimed at modernizing the datacenters.

The new software in intelligent operations portfolio includes Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA), Hitachi Automation Director (HAD), and Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID). On the other hand, Hitachi Vantara introduced the new all-flash VSP F series and hybrid-flash VSP G series systems to the data infrastructure portfolio.

New VSP systems and intelligent operations services will provide agility and automation to customers, resulting in reduced costs and increased operational efficiencies.

“Hitachi is helping the world’s business and IT leaders respond to modern data challenges by leveraging predictive analytics and automation as part of their larger data management and digital transformation initiatives,” said Iri Trashanski, senior vice president, Infrastructure and Edge Products at Hitachi Vantara. “With the criticality of data in our customers’ environments, there is no room for good-enough storage technology or data-silos created by weak infrastructure. The technology announced today will help create the agile data infrastructure and intelligent operations our customers need to drive transformation.”

HIAA will help enterprises to gain deeper insights across virtual machines, servers, networks and storage. Powered by AI and machine learning, the HIAA will optimize, troubleshoot and predict data center needs.

HAD will automate the delivery routines of core IT services like virtual machine, network zoning, storage and data protection tasks. Hitachi Vantara has optimized the HAD software to integrate with IT service management tools for better tracking and control of IT resource delivery.

The AI operations software have been integrated with each other, where HAD can automate the setup of HDID data protection to provide security against data loss or downtime. HAD can take commands from HIAA for issue remediation and storage configuration data.

The company claimed that the new VSP (virtual storage platform) systems can provide up to 3 times more IOPS (input/output operations per second) performance and 2.5 times greater scalability compared to prior VSP models.

The new VSP models include all-flash VSP F700 and VSP F900, and the hybrid-flash VSP G700 and G900 systems. These systems will be able to scale over 2.4M IOPS and 41GB/s of bandwidth. Further, these models will be powered by Hitachi Virtualization Operating System, SVOS RF, to offer increased performance, scalability and data efficiency.

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Protecting Privacy and Personal Data Key to Digital Economy in Africa, says Internet Society

Internet Society and African Union Commission launch guidelines on Personal Data Protection

Today at the Africa Internet Summit (www.InternetSummit.africa) in Dakar, Senegal, the Internet Society and the African Union Commission unveiled a new set of Guidelines that highlight how privacy protection and the responsible use of personal data are critical factors in building greater trust online and in advancing the digital economy in Africa.

The Personal Data Protection Guidelines for Africa launched today were jointly developed by the Internet Society — a global non-profit organization that promotes the open development, evolution and use of the Internet — and the African Union Commission to facilitate the implementation of the AU’s Convention on Cyber Security and Data Protection (known as the Malabo Convention), adopted in 2014.

The Guidelines recommend a range of actions for governments, policy makers, citizens and other stakeholders to take at the regional, national, organizational and individual level. Among the key recommendations for governments is that they should respect and protect individuals’ rights to privacy online and offline.

Recent global events have showed us that the lack of appropriate protection for personal data can have a profound impact not just on individuals but also on society at large, to the point of endangering democratic systems,” said Dawit Bekele, African Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society. “These Guidelines explain how people can take a more active role in the protection of their own data as well as the role that other stakeholders, including governments and legislators, have in ensuring the proper use of data.”

Two key principles of the Guidelines urge all AU Member States to: recognize privacy as a foundation for trust in the digital environment and prioritize the sustainable and responsible use of personal data in the digital economy.

Also Read: Microsoft and Red Hat bring OpenShift to Azure as a jointly managed service

In addition, there are recommendations for citizens who are concerned about their data and privacy including:

  • Using the Internet and other sources to inform themselves about the risks and benefits of the digital economy or their online activities. This includes being aware of agreements they make when they sign up for “free” services or use social media platforms that may profit off their data.
  • Understand and exercise their rights, and act, when needed. There is a corresponding role for governments to empower individuals to do so by ensuring citizens know how to exercise their rights under privacy and personal data protection laws.
  • Develop their capabilities to protect their interests online. Supervisory authorities and governments should take steps to ensure that service-providers and product vendors are transparent about their business models and product capabilities, so consumers can make informed choices about the privacy implications of products and services.

The Malabo Convention is the first step towards developing national legislative frameworks for cybersecurity and data protection in Africa. The guidelines launched today provide a path forward for the member states that have signed the convention, and hopefully encourage more countries to join,” says Moctar Yedaly, Head of Information Society Division, African Union Commission.

For more information, visit: www.InternetSociety.org

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Acronis bolsters its leadership position in cloud data protection with Google Cloud partnership

Acronis, a leading provider of hybrid cloud data protection and storage across the globe, announced a new strategic alliance with Google Cloud, to enhance Acronis backup and disaster recovery solutions with integration of Google Cloud Platform.

The partnership will help Acronis to expand the number of cloud regions where customers and partners can back up their data, offering faster upload speeds and more options to control data in increased number of countries.

The future releases of Acronis’ backup, disaster recovery, and file sync and share solutions will have Google Cloud Platform integrated in them. The integration will enhance Acronis’ solutions and provide its customers easy access to Google Cloud Platform.  They will be able to reduce their Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and achieve Service Level Agreement (SLA) targets in DR situations.

 “We are seeing an increasing number of customers take advantage of our storage products for data protection because they offer better flexibility, performance and economics,” said Adam Massey, Director, Strategic Technology Partners, Google Cloud. “By partnering with Acronis, an established leader in the industry, we hope to make the customers data protection journey even easier.”

Acronis will also extend support for Google cloud workloads, enabling use of Google Cloud Platform for disaster recovery, and providing Google Cloud deployment model for Acronis Backup management server.

The partnership will also help the partners of Acronis with new opportunities and flexibility to address the data protection demands of customers across cloud, datacenter, remote and mobile devices. They will be able to offer easy and fast data protection services to global customers who already use Google Cloud Platform.

“The integration of Google Cloud with Acronis backup products is one of the top requests from our users,” said John Zanni, Acronis President. “There are many businesses who have invested in public cloud infrastructure. We’re making it easy for them to use it with Acronis.”

In January this year, Acronis had partnered with Plesk to integrate Acronis Backup Cloud into Plesk’s website management platform, enabling hosting and cloud service providers to easily back up Plesk servers.

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Acronis celebrates business growth with success of new hybrid cloud products

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, celebrated three years of opening its International Headquarters in Singapore. Acronis was founded in 2003 in Singapore, with a vision of developing innovative data protection solutions for service providers, businesses and consumers.

From then, the company has witnessed continuous growth, and it is now the largest software and internet services company in Singapore, servicing global market. The company had moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2014, with its Corporate Headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

“Singapore is an important international technology hub with unparalleled levels of neutrality, which is critical to a global company like Acronis working in the area of data protection. High standards, inclusive culture, and convenient geographical location, makes Singapore the most productive place for top talent to work and live in. Here we recruit world’s best software engineers, specifically in the area of security and Artificial Intelligence,” said Acronis President, John Zanni.

Acronis has set up a global R&D center in Singapore and has built partnerships with research organizations and local universities. It has also participated in joint projects with Data Storage Institute and NTU, with the support of Singapore Economic Development.

In the R&D center, it develops unique technology to provide data protection for businesses of different sizes and individual users as well. This includes Acronis hybrid cloud architecture that provides comprehensive data management abilities, AI-based ransomware protection with ability of blocking zero-day cyber-attacks and blockchain based data certification.

These technologies helped Acronis witness growth in its business across all product lines. Acronis Backup has seen a growth of 25%, Acronis True Image business witnessed 20% growth and there has been a remarkable 100% growth in Acronis Backup Cloud solution for service providers in last year itself.

It is also the first Singaporean company to sponsor a Formula 1 Team – Scuderia Toro Rosso (STR), and the drivers and team’s key members joined in the celebrations.

Also read: IBM acquires Private cloud and hosting business of Verizon 

Acronis is planning to add more than 100 staff, and apply for over 100 new patents with an investment of $10 million in AI research projects.

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IBM announces Spectrum Protect Plus for virtual environment data protection

IBM recently announced Spectrum Protect Plus, an update to its Spectrum Protect, a data protection software for backup and recovery for virtual environments. For faster backup and operational recovery, it provides policy driven data protection and a portal which makes it easy to use. It allows faster deployment using OVA (Open Virtual Appliance) and its agentless architecture enables protection in an hour. It provides smooth automation via RESTful API for flexibility of accessing backup data.

The solution, meant for VM administrators, features a global catalog of Virtual Machines and files that enables quick search and restoration across various machines and recovery points.

It offers backup and recovery services for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere hypervisors. It can be combined with the agent-based IBM Spectrum Protect Tivoli Storage Manager or can be utilized as an independent software for application availability or data protection in small environments.

It simplifies the protection of data whether data is hosted in virtual, software-defined, physical or cloud environments. The backups can be stored in disk, tape and the cloud in the form of read and write snapshots. The instant restores are available for testing, DevOps, reporting, analytics and other operations in a repository for multipurpose data access.

The Protect Plus still uses VMware vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) but it also uses the blockchain technology. Integrated with IBM Spectrum Protect for long -term storage, it provides the ability to archive across flexible data including tape, disk and cloud to fulfil data governance requirements.

Also read: IBM increases Datacenters to enable organizations build futuristic applications leveraging IoT & AI

The IBM Spectrum Protect Plus takes only 15 minutes to install and about an hour to configure. The Google-like search that it provides can not only be done by timeline, but also by text search across all VMs, whether it’s VMware or Hyper-V. As per IBM, Spectrum Protect Plus delivers scalable high performance and reduces backup infrastructure costs by up to 53%. It will be generally available in the second half of 2017.